One of the biggest reasons Marvel Studios is dominating the landscape of comic book movies is its strategy. The studio releases films in "phases," planning their next films years in advance to allow time to select the right writers, directors and cast. And now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that they've got films planned all the way through 2021.
Marvel has been quick to pick up release dates, as they currently have three films set for release on May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017 and have yet to reveal what those films are (if they know, which they may not). At Comic-Con 2012, they unveiled their release slate into 2015, with 'Ant-Man' and 'Avengers 2' on the docket, while this year they didn't mention anything new as their big announcement was the title of the 'Avengers' sequel. It turns we won't know what those untitled films are until next year at the earliest.
Joss Whedon's announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that his 'Avengers 2' takes its official title from the 'Age of Ultron' comics sent an explosion of excitement throughout the buzzing Hall H, but apparently this plan was in the works for months prior. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reiterated a point Whedon made, the movie won't follow the classic storyline and Ultron origin, instead utilizing plot points from various 'Avengers' adventures.
There were a lot of big reveals at Comic-Con 2013, but none as accidental as the slip from actor Djimon Hounsou on the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' panel. While talking about his character, Korath, Hounsou revealed that he was close allies with both Ronan the Accuser (the film's main villain, played by Lee Pace) and Thanos in the film. Nearby, director James Gunn and Marvel president Kevin Feige shared a "whoops" look.
Later, Feige explained and elaborated on the role Thanos plays in the film.
Marvel has expressed interest in working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Rock has expressed interest in playing Luke Cage for Marvel. Seemingly, there's nothing preventing this match made in superhero heaven from happening...except perhaps the fans. Would you want to see The Rock tackle Luke Cage?
Thanos (aka the most highly-anticipated villain in superhero movie history thanks to his minute-long cameo in 'The Avengers') is about to be a busy guy. Undoubtedly the main baddie in 'The Avengers 2,' the Mad Titan could end up appearing on the big screen before then; perhaps in 2014's 'Guardian of the Galaxy.' Find out what Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is willing to reveal after the jump.
Marvel Producer Kevin Feige has been talking up 'The Avengers' success, and as such he's been led to also talk about some of Marvel's upcoming projects. With Mads Mikklesen signed on for 'Thor 2,' and the actor often playing heavies, the question was: Will he play Thanos, as hinted at by the end of 'The Avengers?'
Everything is looking up for all of those who are attached to Marvel Studios right now, especially president Kevin Feige. His company paved the way for crossing over characters and boldly making the first monstrous superhero crossover film, 'The Avengers'. It's a milestone for comics and film, you can't deny that. And now Marvel is busy planning their next films.